In this edition of The Debrief Podcast we’re joined by Peter Mantius from The Water Front Online. The longtime environmental reporter has been busy publishing a number of high-profile pieces on the Finger Lakes over the last two weeks; and we needed to catch up with him to break down the headlines.
First up, the shocking news that was originally broke by The Deal, about Cargill seeking to sell its salt mine under Cayuga Lake. The company is one of the region’s largest employers, and while advocates have been critical of safety surrounding the mine under Cayuga, a potential sale raises even more questions.
Next, the latest with the town of Thurston moving toward banning field spreading of sewage sludge. It’s a common, albeit odd practice for those who aren’t familiar with agriculture, but the local ban could really complicate things for Casella. Advocates have pushed back against spreading sewage sludge on fields because of ‘forever chemicals’ that have been found in the matter.
And finally, we talk about Greenidge Generation’s plans to sell its South Carolina bitcoin operation. The company has had a rough stretch, but shortly after we finished recording – news broke that a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit against Greenidge over warm water discharges into Seneca Lake.